Iowa coach Todd Lickliter will return to the bench on Saturday when the Hawkeyes host Drake. Lickliter missed the last three games after undergoing surgery on December fifth to repair a tear in his carotid artery. Lickliter says he may be better than he was before he went in for the surgery, as he says he hasn’t had any headaches since then. He says he doesn’t have any limitations, other than they say he will get tired.
Lickliter returned to practice on Monday. He says he wanted to return gradually and not jump right in and he has tried to do that. Lickliter says he has been moved by the outpouring of support. He says he’s a firm believer in prayer and says he’s heard from “countless” people that they prayed for a successful procedure and he believes that’s what happened.
Lickliter says there is not way to thank the people enough who have given him well wishes and prayers.